Thursday, January 13, 2011

Customs seize P30M worth of liquor and ukay-ukay

The Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Thursday has impounded at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) shipments of alcoholic products and used clothing worth P30 million.

Republic Act 4653 bans the importation of used clothing or "ukay-ukay."

Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez said the shipments were reportedly declared as wines but were found to contain brandies and other liquor variants. 

Two other container vans were reportedly stuffed with used clothing, Alvarez said.

The alcoholic beverages was consigned to Siropia Incorporated with address at 7B YL Holdings Building, Salcedo Village cor. Rufino Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati.

The beverages were declared as wines but an inspection revealed that it contained only around 1,224 bottles of Duque Sevilla Wine.

The rest of the bottles, around 24,000, contained brandies and whiskies — Castellon Brandy and Label 5 Scotch Whiskey.

Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Horacio Suansing, Jr. pointed out that brandies and whiskies “command a higher value and are therefore subject to higher excise taxes than ordinary table wines."

Used clothing

Meanwhile, two container vans of used clothing were also apprehended.

The shipments were misdeclared as either fabric or bags and school supplies.

The shipments, estimated to be worth at least P10 million, was consigned to ACAB Enterprises of No. 65 Rizal Street, Poblacion, Muntinlupa City and ASAB Commercial located at B26 L11 Manfil Kapayapan Village, Canlubang, Calamba City. – VVP, GMANews.TV

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